Obesity is a chronic disease
It is not a choice, or a lack of discipline. It does not reflect a personality flaw. Carrying excess amount of weight at some point will increase the risk of developing many chronic medical conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, infertility, depression.
Setting your goal
It is very common for people to get caught up with a number on the scale, and feel discouraged when they are unable to reach that number as quickly as they would have liked. The media constantly promotes unrealistic and often unhealthy thinness. We focus instead on achieving a weight that allows you to live your healthiest lifestyle, prevent or even reverse chronic disease like diabetes, hypertension and fatty liver.
Your genes and hormones play (a BIG) role
Excess weight gain is about more than just willpower. Your genes play a large role in when and where you put on weight. Your body’s hunger and satiety hormones are constantly changing. Scientists have now discovered that with weight loss, our hunger hormones go up and the ‘fullness’ hormones go down, making us hungrier. Furthermore, the body tends to drop its energy expenditure. It is so important to find a lifestyle plan that you can sustain for long term.
Meet our Obesity Care Provider
DR. JASMINE KLER
MD FRCPC, DIPLOMATE ABOM, ABLM
Dr. Kler is a board-certified physician of Internal Medicine and is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She has been practicing Obesity Medicine on the North Shore since 2017.
Dr. Kler is keenly aware of the power of lifestyle modification and its ability to put metabolic diseases into remission. Her approach to obesity medicine is multi-faceted and includes motivational interviewing, lifestyle counselling and pharmacotherapy.
She completed her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of British Columbia.